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Iron Villain Not Black, White

Faran Tahir, who co-stars in the upcoming superhero movie Iron Man, told SCI FI Wire that his character, Raza, is a villain, but not totally evil.

In the film, Raza is the ambitious arms dealer who kidnaps billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and forces him to build a powerful new missile that Stark Industries is producing for the military. Stark actually crafts the first version of an Iron Man suit of armor and uses it to escape the cave in which he's being held in captivity.

"What I love about the movie is that it doesn't try to paint the characters as black and white," Tahir said in an interview. "The movie plays with the shades of gray, and that's what is interesting to me. Tony Stark is not just a good guy. He has his own problems, and you get to see this man dealing with all of that."

Tahir, whose credits include Alias and the upcoming Star Trek movie, noted that Iron Man director Jon Favreau, by the same token, was open to letting him humanize Raza throughout his performance.

"I tried to find ways to show that although he may be the bad guy, there might be a moment or just a hint of vulnerability at times, where he hasn't made the right calculations or there's a certain amount of doubt," Tahir said. "Jon was very receptive to that kind of layering, and it's in there." Iron Man opens May 2. --Ian Spelling
 


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